Modern Racism Essay

1353 words - 6 pages

The world has lived through generations of racism and racial profiling. After the days of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Civil Rights Movement, the American people thought they had passed the days of hatred and discrimination. Although Americans think that they live in a non-racist society, minorities today still live in the chains of oppression and prejudice through sports, schools, and social media.
Jackie Robinson was a prominent figure in American history as he broke the color line, and was the first black athlete to play in a white league. Americans believed this would stop racism in the future and integrate all sports, but racism has planted its roots in sports ever since 1947. The NBA is a professional basketball league and has been very popular in the United States since its creation. The sport is enjoyed by all races although most of the players are of African American race. During recent events, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught making racist remarks in an audio recording. He was frustrated that his girlfriend was hanging with other African Americans, even the great NBA legend Magic Johnson. He wanted her not to bring African Americans to his games and not to broadcast it on Instagram. He stated, " Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo-broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to (Sterling)?" He also complained, " But why publicize it on the Instagram and why bring it to my games (Sterling)?" After the release of the recordings, the NBA community was in an uproar. In protest, the player of the Clippers wore their training jerseys inside out (Moore). As a result, Adam Silver , commissioner of the NBA, banned Donald Sterling for life. Sterling could not attend nor participate in any NBA related activities, and he was forced to sell his franchise. He was also fined 2.5 million dollars (Moore). Last year's Home Run Derby was a great excitement in the MLB franchise. Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won the 2013 Home Run Derby. He hit 32 home runs total. After the game Cespedes did an interview with ESPN's bilingual baseball reporter Pedro Gomez. Gomez asked the question in English for the audience to hear then in Spanish for Cespedes. Cespedes replied in Spanish and Gomez translated it in English (Archuleta). This interview caused few racist remarks on Twitter. One user stated, "Like what're you doing? This is America. Speak English (Archuleta). " Another user exclaimed, " These damn Cuban baseball players need to speak English. THIS IS AMERICA (Archuleta)." As of now no actions were attempted to bring justice to these arrogant users. This shows the inequality of American society. The NBA and MLB are not the only sports that experience racism. Other popular sports like soccer and football deal with the same issues. It's because of American society they allow this type of ignorance to spill in their lives.
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